My dads E has the air suspention upgrade on it. It can do mildly sporty and floaty boat at the click of a button, it can even raise the car a few inches for speed bumps
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Not sure the age stigma applies to cars anymore however, I personally find Mercs a bit boring and I hate automatics and their manual boxes are rubbish. The new Jags are nice and I can see there appeal but they are not my cup of tea. Personally I'm a beemer person (although I don't have one at the moment, I thought I'd have a change after five in a row.....big mistake), I'd take the 5 series every time....not a 520D though, a bigger lump and preferrably petrol.
I had a 62 plate E class 220D for a short while and, I don't know if I'm odd, but I found the seats fairly uncomfortable after around 50 miles or so, nice car apart from that. I can't comment on the others from first hand experience, but if it were my money I'd go for the Jag, the whole "you're too young" thing is just BS, the XF is a cracking car.
BTW, if you get an E class make sure you get one with xenon headlights because, unless they've updated them in the last few weeks, I felt the standard ones were pretty poor.
Have fun with your test drives.
He's not a diamond geezer, or called Joe!
What's your opinion on "Jag is for oldies" then (they are the exact words my friend used when I asked his opinion)?
Would you rather be a conformist, or a convention challenging trendsetter?
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People can see you through the glass (and see you getting in and out). Do you think you'll look younger (or older) purely because of the brand of luxury sports tourer you choose?
A young bloke looks like a young bloke whether he is driving a tractor or a unicycle or a 1930s Bentley.
If you have issues about your 'image' then no amount of trendy cars will fix that.
Not even a red one?
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bmw 520d with automatic gearbox. Dont forget to tick that adaptive suspension which really makes a difference. You will have a car as confortable as a Merc but a better one through corners. Engine and gear box are the best in class. Jaguar better looking? Well, i dont know. Personally i dont like it. As for interior, Jag is behind both.
But the best interior and best build quality goes to Audi A6. Take your wife to a dealer and make her get inside a nice specced A6. She wont say it is boring anymore. Driving is great too, despite the front wheel drive. Dont take the word of so called pilots. After all, how many times will you go mental through corners?
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When my wife had a bad back we tried a number of cars for comfort and seat support. Merc won by a large margin. When it came to replacing it we tried The BMW 5 series – looked nice but was dreadful on town roads – we felt every bump.
We have been driving an E-class for the last 6 years and it is the best car we have ever had, especially for long distance driving over any kind of roads. It has been very reliable, and pretty economical.
It is quite a heavy car so make sure you get one with a powerful engine.
(By the way, we're old, and wouldn't consider a Jag; they don't make them like in the old days.)
IMHO Gone are the days when Jags were for oldies.
I was driving a Jag at 35 and never ever felt old. Test drive it and I am sure you will love every second of it.......................
I'll be watching closely!
Audi A6 is sadly out of contention, as my OH finds the design "boring".
Had an A6 at one time - hated it and gave me backache.
Switched to a BMW 5-series (it was a 1998 540 at the time) which had multifunction front seats and never looked back
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Why do I only ever see oldies in them then? :-) Do they come with a hat and pipe as standard?
No they don't, but surely that's a good thing since they don't break down every 5 minutes now.
Just had a test drive of Jaguar XF.......OMG!!!
Waiting in the lounge to test drive the Merc now.
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